The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brendan Gleeson -- in his proud bearing and his lamenting gaze -- we see the plight of the lonely believer in a world beyond belief.
Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess.
It serves as a marvelous showcase for Gleeson, a great old-lion actor who shows, in the film's many close-ups, a quiet, weary yet unbending faith, and a face on which emotion can play like a wave on the beach.
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh paints a rich portrait of the priestly life (and life in general) by concentrating on the details.
Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy.
A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds.
To say Gleeson "stars" in Calvary seems inadequate. He dominates it ...
"Calvary" is often wound tightest in the most unexpected places.
[Gleeson] projects fierce intelligence, wit, gentleness, ruefulness, soulfulness.